Premier League game in doubt after number of positive COVID-19 tests
Written by on 29 December 2020
Fulham’s Premier League game at Tottenham on Wednesday is in doubt after the southwest London club returned a number of positive COVID-19 tests.
Fulham are now in talks with the Premier League, whose board must approve any match postponement.
Everton’s game against Manchester City on Monday was postponed following a coronavirus outbreak at the latter club.
The game, which was set to be played in front of 2,000 fans at the Merseyside team’s Goodison Park stadium, was called off just four hours before kick-off.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has confirmed that “a couple” of players and “four or five backroom staff” had tested positive ahead of their evening kick-off at Burnley, although their starting XI was unaffected.
Fulham manager Scott Parker had said there were no issues with the squad’s fitness at his news conference earlier today, but this was held before the latest COVID-19 test results came through.
Parker revealed in his press conference on Tuesday he had tested negative on Sunday to ensure he was able to return to the training ground at the start of this week after a period of self-isolation.
The 40-year-old missed the goalless draw with Southampton on Boxing Day after a member of his household tested positive for coronavirus.
The Premier League is yet to comment on the Fulham and Spurs fixture, although it released a statement regarding the positive tests, confirming that on “Monday 21 December and Sunday 27 December, 1,479 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.
“Of these, there were 18 new positive tests. Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.
“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency,” it added.
“No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the league and results will be made public after each round of testing.”